really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,824 miles

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2006 BMW 530 seat belts / air bags problems

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2006 BMW 530 Owner Comments (Page 4 of 5)

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problem #32

Jun 292013

530 6-cyl

  • 117,000 miles


While I was driving, I received an error message on my computer display. The error message read: "passenger seat restraint malfunction", then a picture of my passenger seat airbag deployed with a line through it. I called BMW( mckenna, norwalk, ca) on 07/02/2013 and they stated per my VIN number this is not a recall part, yet maybe for some vehicles it was.

- Compton, CA, USA

problem #31

Jun 102013

530 6-cyl

  • 75,901 miles
The airbag and seatbelt warning lights are illuminated for the passenger side front seat and non functional, was told there is no open issue/recall, dealer refuses to fix and I am not spending $1200 to fix a issue that is a major safety issue. I need you to contact me to get this resolved. [xxx]thank you information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #30

Apr 072013

530 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
Car was operating normally in the highway, when the onboard systems detected a passanger restraint system error. At the time there was an adult in the passenger seat. The code does not want to go away and it's indicating that the airbag system is disabled.

- Stafford, VA, USA

problem #29

May 012013

530 6-cyl

  • 100,500 miles


My wife started the car up and the airbag and safety restraint lights never turned off. I looked on line and saw there was a recall that listed this years model number but after calling BMW they said my VIN number was not listed in the affected numbers. It looks like BMW is only trying to fix a few cars to say they have done something but this problem is in all their cars made in that year. My car has the sports seats.

- Huntsville , AL, USA

problem #28

Jan 052010


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 5 series. The contact started the ignition and the front passenger's side air bag warning indicator began to illuminate continuously, although the seat was not occupied. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis and repaired. The manufacturer was notified and they stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 08V384000 (air bags). The approximate failure mileage was 65,000.

- Columbia Falls, MT, USA

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problem #27

Apr 102013

530 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
My 2006 BMW 530I has just experienced a malfunction of the passenger airbag / seatbelt sensor, and I took it to the BMW of sterling service center, which confirmed that the occupancy sensor in the passenger seat has failed. This is exactly the cause for the August 5 2008 BMW recall (NHTSA campaign number: 08V384000), and according to the recall description, my car should have been recalled at that time. However, BMW of sterling told me that my VIN does not show up in the recall database. I hope this is not a scam that BMW of sterling (Virginia) is running, as they asked for $1400 to replace the sense, than after one more days they said they contacted BMW which agreed to pay 50% of the bill. I refused the offer, as it seems like a scam to me. Why my car was not part of the original recall, which states that all my 2004-2006 BMW 5-series (like mine) are recalled for this exact issue, and that BMW will even offer a 10-year warranty on this exact sensor" is BMW only recalling selective cars, and not all of them, to save some extra money????"

- Herndon, VA, USA

problem #26

Apr 022013

530 6-cyl

  • miles


Hello NHTSA, recall regarding my issue has already been well documented / investigated with both NHTSA and BMW. To summarize the issue is about a "passenger restraint malfunction" specifically the OC3 seat sensor mat faulty unit, which controls the front passenger airbags. When faulty, the airbags are deactivated, which raises a safety concern. I had called BMW na and had my VIN pulled and unfortunately was not included within the recall cut off date up until 11/2005, my particular model was made 12/2005. I requested BMW na to open up an investigation for re-consideration to include my vehicle under therecall list, considering the time frame of cutoff date and my vehicle manufactured production date. I was told this would be handled internally which is fine, however sense consideration will not be extended and wanted to reach out to NHTSA. My question to BMW na was, "what were the enhancements made to my particular vehicle in improving safety, they were not able to provide any details regarding this. Would you have something documented explaining the specifics repairs/ improvements/ or component enhancements made for models following after 11/2005 cut off date?

- Bayside, NY, USA

problem #25

Mar 202013

530 6-cyl

  • 96,200 miles
Passenger restraint system failure, fault light has started showing on my BMW, there has been a recall reported on the same component "statement on voluntary recall involving front passenger seat sensor mat on U.S.a. model bmws - August 13, 2008". I have the same problem but my VIN is not showing up in the recall. Dealer says its exactly the same part but I am not covered under recall warranty. This is a hugh safety issue...

- Lawrenceburg, IN, USA

problem #24

Mar 012013

530 6-cyl

  • 87,250 miles
No one is in the passenger seat and first the passenger airbag light came on and then a day later the seat belt light came on for the same seat.

- Wappingers Falls, NY, USA

problem #23

Feb 252013


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 5 series. The contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated that the front passenger side seat mat would have to be replaced. The technician also informed the contact that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 08V384000 (air bags). The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 75,000.

- Cranberry Township, PA, USA

problem #22

Mar 032013

530 6-cyl

  • 78,420 miles


I went to get into my car yesterday and started it up and then I have this passenger restraint system malfunction appears on my idrive computer. I haven't called the dealership as of yet since I have been doing research online about this issue and it has become evident that this is a recurring issue in these cars. Through my research online I have found that some dealership will fix it and some won't and I don't understand why. I think that since this is a recurring problem it should be fixed by BMW with no questions since air bag malfunction is a safety issue. I am hoping to get more information about the recall campaign that I've briefly read about associated with this cars.

- Staunton, VA, USA

problem #21

Sep 112012


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 530xi. The contact stated that the passenger seat air bag sensor was defective, indicating the seat was not occupied. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the front seat sensor mat needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included in any recalls. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 65,000 and the current mileage was 70,000.

- Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ, USA

problem #20

Feb 182013

530 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
A passenger airbag warning light has been on in my wife's 2006 BMW 530I for the past year. Despite the NHTSA recall campaign (action number EA08001 and PE07045), BMW says this car is not covered by the recall and will not fix the problem. I also have a 2006 BMW 530I with the same airbag warning light on. BMW will fix my problem. It seems that my car has "comfort seats" while my wife's car has "sports seats." Obviously, the defective part is present on both vehicles as well as on the other BMW models and years identified in your recall campaign. Why did your recall stop short of fixing all problems?

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #19

Feb 032013


  • 71,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 BMW 530xi. The contact stated that the passenger safety restraint system warning lamp illuminated. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 08V384000 (air bags). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 71,000.

- Elmira, NY, USA

problem #18

Jan 232010


  • 105,000 miles
The contact own a 2006 BMW 530xi. The contact stated that when a passenger was occupying the passenger's seat, the air bag warning light illuminated indicating that the passenger side air bag malfunctioned and would not deploy during a crash. The contact took the vehicle to a local mechanic and was informed of NHTSA campaign I.D. number: 08V384000 (air bags:frontal). The contact then called the manufacturer and was informed that his VIN was not included in the recall campaign. The failure mileage was 105,000.

- North Richland Hills, TX, USA

problem #17

Nov 052012

530 6-cyl

  • 109,547 miles
While driving alone the airbag warning light came on and the airbag light above the passenger seat went off indicating the airbag was on, but no one was riding with me. Also, the seatbelt light came on and the alarm sounded but no one was sitting in the seat. After picking up a friend, the passenger airbag lights were gone until I had drove about 15 minutes and then the airbag warning lights began to act up again. I called BMW and was told that my vehicle was not included in the airbag recall and I could get the repairs done and save my BMW dealer receipts in case one day it would be covered. I couldn't afford the $1200 so my car has not been fixed yet.

- Harrisburg, PA, USA

problem #16

Jan 172013

530 6-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
BMW is recalling 200,000 my 2006 3 series sport seat, my 2004-2006 5 series standard and sport seat, and my 2004-2006 X3 passenger vehicles. Depending on the manner and frequency of the front passenger's entry and exit, small cracks have developed in the mat. If this occurs, the front passenger air bags, with the exception of the head protection system, will be deactivated and the air bag warning lamp as well as the passenger air bag "on-off" lamp will be illuminated. Consequences: In this situation the front passenger air bags will not deploy even if a sufficiently severe accident would occur and occupant protection provided by the system would not be possible. Remedy: Dealers will rework the front passenger seat sensor mat so that external force application to the seat does not cause a crack to the mat. The recall began on November 6, 2008. BMW will also extend the warranty on these vehicles to 10 years from first registration without any mileage limit. Owners may contact BMW at 1-800-525-7417. I have contacted BMW and they say my VIN is not part of this recall, however I am experiencing the same issue as the recalled vehicles. I am worried about passenger safety! please help!

- Hidden Springs, ID, USA

problem #15

Apr 152010

530 6-cyl

  • 81,500 miles
I contacted BMW North America by phone regarding a recall for this issue. They told me that my 2006 BMW 530xi was not included in the recall. Yet, my car exhibits the exact problems outlined in the recall. The front passenger air bags will be deactivated and the air bag warning lamp, as well as the passenger air bag "on-off" lamp will be illuminated. This includes a warning in idrive system stating "passenger restraint" system issue. How is it that other 2006 5 series vehicles were included and my car was not? the local dealer is saying this is more than $1000 to repair, not sure how they would know that without seeing the vehicle.

- West Barnstable, MA, USA

problem #14

Dec 032012

530 6-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
Passenger airbag sensor. Warning light system failure.

- Wadsworth, OH, USA

problem #13

Nov 022012

530 6-cyl

  • 92,000 miles
The passenger side occupancy seat mat for the airbag failed. BMW has bulletin sib 65 75 06, airbag warning lamp for OC3 seat mat fault, that covers my cars build date, but BMW states my VIN is not covered. There is also a current recall, NHTSA campaign number: 08V-384, but BMW states my car is not covered and refuses to honor the 10 year extended warranty. My car is experiencing this same issue, as diagnosed by a local BMW dealers, but they have failed to cover it. This is a major safety issue that is affecting many cars outside of the recall. They are many people posting on various BMW forums that are experiencing the same issue. BMW should be held accountable to fix all the vehicles experiencing this problem.

- Carmel, CA, USA

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